Celebrity Tattoo of the Day: Jennifer Finnigan

JFinnigan_Pic01    My first introduction to strawberry-blonde beauty, Jennifer Finnigan, occurred during a period in my life when I still regularly watched soap operas (yes, I’m not ashamed to admit this, though I do blame my mom for the influence).  In what was Jennifer’s first major acting role, in 2000 she joined the cast of “The Bold and the Beautiful” (one of the most popular soaps out there, despite only running 30 minutes per episode), as the second actress to portray Bridget Forrester.  Agnes Bruckner (who may, one day, be featured on this blog) was the first.

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Jennifer with brief on-screen husband, Deacon Sharpe (Sean Kanan)

In a common practice for soap operas, Jennifer’s portrayal of Bridget was part of ‘rapid aging syndrome’ where the character was advanced in age to her early 20’s from the pre-teen version portrayed by Bruckner.  And, in another common practice for soap operas, her familial relationships kept changing.  First, she was Ridge Forrester’s daughter.  Then, it was found out that she and Ridge were siblings because Eric Forrester (Ridge’s father) was actually Bridget’s father.  Then, it was discovered that Ridge and Bridget weren’t related at all because Ridge’s real father was Massimo Marone.  Keep track of all this; there will be a quiz at the end of the post (no, not really).

JFinnigan_Pic02    While “The Bold and the Beautiful” was the show that brought Jennifer to a wider audience, it was by no means her first exposure to acting.  The Montreal-born Finnigan actually had one of her earliest roles in three episodes of the Nickelodeon kids series, “The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo”.  Around the same time, she exercised her humor muscles in the Canadian comedy “Student Bodies”.

JFinnigan_Pic04    In 2004, she left her role as Bridget Forrester in search of bigger acting opportunities.  That same year, she landed a 10-episode guest role on the crime drama “Crossing Jordan”.  She portrayed Dr. Devan Maguire, a young pathologist who frequently butted heads with (but always looked up to) lead pathologist, Jordan Cavanaugh (Jill Hennessey).  The tragic death of her character in a plane crash brought that role to a close.

JFinnigan_Pic03    Despite her frequent dramatic roles, comedy seems to be in Jennifer’s blood, both professionally and romantically.  After years of dating, Finnigan wed comedic actor, Jonathan Silverman in 2007 on the island of Mykonos in Greece.  Silverman is known for his roles in films like “Weekend at Bernie’s”, “Brighton Beach Memoirs” as well as a being on the NBC comedy “The Single Guy”.

JFinnigan_Pic07   After “Crossing Jordan”, Jennifer spent two seasons as the lead character in the Jerry Bruckheimer crime drama “Close to Home” (notice a pattern here?) before doing a series of TV movies and guest roles (including an episode of “Psych”).  This fall, she returned to the starring ranks in the FX series “Tyrant” where she portrays the American wife of a pediatrician who also happens to be the estranged son of the brutal dictator of a fictional Middle Eastern country.  The early reviews have been uneven, but the show has potential and will be interesting to watch it, and Jennifer’s character, develop.

JFinnigan_Pic06    Jennifer is not one the avoid the beauty of body art, either.  While she is seldom photographed displaying it, she does have a little heart tattoo in a ribbon along her right hip.

JFinnigan_Tat01You can catch up with Jennifer on Twitter at:  https://twitter.com/Jennigan

This beauty can also be found on Instagram:  http://instagram.com/jennigan1

Hottie Ink Update (Big Mama Stef Edition): Stefanie Dolson

StefDolsonUpdate_Pic01   2014 has been a big year for ‘Big Mama Stef’ (Stefanie Dolson’s alias).  When I wrote my first feature on Stefanie, she had just led the Connecticut Huskies to their second straight National Championship in basketball over Notre Dame.  Less than a week later, she was selected #6 overall in the WNBA Draft by the Washington Mystics (and joined a little later by her teammate, Seattle Storm #7 pick, Bria Hartley, who was immediately traded to Washington).

StefDolsonUpdate_Pic02    A little later that summer, she joined her teammates from both UConn Men’s and Women’s championship squads at the White House to be honored by President Barack Obama.  Visits to the White House seem to always be an adventure for Stefanie.  After the 2013 title, she humorously gave President Obama a set of bunny ears.  In 2014, she found the stand behind the President a little too crowded and fell off.  She quickly recovered and, while turning bright red, had a good laugh about it with Obama.

StefDolsonUpdate_Pic03     Once the WNBA season started, Stefanie proved to be a strong player off the bench, averaging 6 points per game and helping lead the Mystics to the playoffs.  The highlight of her season is was a triple-overtime game against Los Angeles Sparks, where she recorded her first career double-double (14 points, 11 rebounds).  After the Mystics were eliminated, Stefanie began extensively traveling as part of USA Basketball, gaining many new friends and chronicling the experience on social media.

StefDolsonUpdate_Pic04    2014 also showed off Stefanie’s growing love of body art, as she added two more to her collection.  No one can ever say that Stefanie does not put a lot of thought and consideration into her tattoos.  Her first two, which I covered in her first feature, were stars on her foot that she got along with her sisters and a Fleur-de-lis on her ankle to commemorate the 2013 National Championship, which UConn won in New Orleans.

Not wanting to play favorites with her National Championships, Stefanie got the Roman Numerals ‘IV-VIII-MMXIV’ etched on her left forearm.  This is for April 8th, 2014, the day UConn defeated Notre Dame to win the 2014 National Championship.

StefDolsonUpdate_Tat01    Sadly, Stefanie experienced the loss of her grandma over the summer.  Stefanie used tattoos as a touching way to express how important she was to her.

StefDolsonUpdate_Tat02   It is really refreshing to have a such a fun-loving (and ink-loving) person like Big Mama Stef as a part of the D.C. sports scene.  Hopefully, she will be here for a long time and help bring the Mystics the same kind of glory as the Huskies.

Follow Stefanie and her adventures on social media:

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/bigmamastef

Instagram:  http://instagram.com/bigmamastef

Hottie Ink Update (R.I.P. Mona Edition): Janel Parrish gets Cool New Ink

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Janel, enjoy champagne with boyfriend, Payson Lewis

Janel Parrish, of “Pretty Little Liars” fame, is already well known for her love of body art.  When I did my first feature on Janel, over two years ago, she already had 11 tattoos!  Since then, I have run two more features (second one and third one) as she has added to her collection of tasteful and attractive tattoos.  Now a couple new designs have appeared, which Janel proudly shows off on Instagram.  It’s time to feature those, as well.

2014 has shown continued growth of Janel’s stardom.  On social media, Janel is always shown having fun and developing quite a reputation as a fashion icon.  In addition, as “Pretty Little Liars”‘ popularity grows, so does Janel’s.  Even though this recent 5th season mid-season finale showed the demise of her character, Mona Vanderwaal, Janel will be continuing on the show in flashbacks.  I also suspect will be seeing many more projects from her in the near future (such as her upcoming appearance as a contestant on “Dancing With the Stars”).

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Don’t mess with Payson and Janel!

Now, for Janel’s new ink.  There have been two cool new designs that have appeared.  The first is a treble clef on her left wrist.

JanelP_BirdTat_Tat01    Janel’s other new tattoo is an adorable flock of birds on her right forearm.

JanelP_BirdTat_Tat03JanelP_BirdTat_Tat02As always, catch Janel on Twitter at:  https://twitter.com/JanelParrish

She is on Instagram at:  http://instagram.com/janelparrish

Celebrity Tattoo of the Day (“Dark Angel” Edition): Jessica Alba

JAlba_Pic03     It was only a matter of time before I got around to doing a tattoo feature on one of the sexiest ladies on Hollywood.  Known for an eclectic acting career on both television and silver screen, Jessica Alba has been a staple of celebrity magazines and websites (including being a regular on Maxim’s “Hot 100″ list).  She has managed to all this while achieving the rare goal of leading a normal, low-key life.

JAlba_Pic02    Alba has been in front of the camera since she was barely in her teens.  Her first role was a bit part in the 1994 teen comedy, “Camp Nowhere”.  It had a who’s who of young talent, but the movie went ‘nowhere’.  Hardly dissuaded by that, Jessica quickly started building her resume on the small screen.  She had a guest role on a few episodes of Nickelodeon’s “The Secret World of Alex Mack” before getting her first lead role during the 4-season run of “Flipper” (a remake of the popular 1960’s series).

JAlba_Pic04    Around the time “Flipper” went off the air, Jessica got some guest roles on shows like “Beverly Hills 90210″ and “Love Boat: The Next Wave” (one of a series of forgettable late 90’s attempts to launch sequels to popular series from the 70’s and 80’s).  1999 was the start of her mainstream rise.  She starred in two popular teen flicks:  “Never Been Kissed” (alongside Drew Barrymore) and horror-comedy flick “Idle Hands”.

JAlba_Pic06    From that point forward, Jessica’s star really shone bright.  In 2000, she starred in the James Cameron-produced cult hit, “Dark Angel”.  She played Max Guevara, a genetically-enhanced super-soldier trying to rebuild her family and survive in post-apocalyptic Seattle.  A strong first season could not sustain it through a mediocre second season, leading to its cancellation.  During this period, she dated (and was briefly engaged to) co-star Michael Weatherly (who now plays Anthony DiNozzo on “NCIS”), a relationship that ended in 2003.

JAlba_Pic07    Jessica’s next big move was playing the role of Sue Storm in the big-screen, big-budget “Fantastic Four” films (the original and “Rise of the Silver Surfer”).  While these films were box-office successes, their critical (and overall fan reception) was lukewarm.  This property is not controlled by Marvel, so it did not benefit from the superhero film rebirth courtesy of Marvel studios.  The same year “Fantastic Four” was released, 2005, also saw her score the role of Nancy Callahan in the iconic film “Sin City”, based on Frank Miller’s popular graphic novel.

JAlba_Pic01    After her run mid-decade, Alba’s career started slowing down.  She was in box-office failures like “Love Guru” (which has all but ended Mike Myers’ career) and “Little Fockers”, as well as under-the-radar, minor hits like “Machete” and the fourth “Spy Kids” movie.  She also had a role in the IFC parody of the epic 80’s soap opera mini-series, titled “The Spoils of Babylon”.  The slowdown in her career is not due to lack of box-office appeal.  It has more to do with her relishing her new role as mother to two daughters (with husband Cash Warren).  Of course, just this past month, she returned to the big screen for the “Sin City” sequel “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For”.

JAlba_Pic05    Jessica, like much of Young Hollywood, does have a liking of body art.  One of her more recognizable ones is a Sanskrit design on her right wrist.  It means lotus flower.

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Jessica doing her awesome Bond Girl impersonation

JAlba_Tat02JAlba_Tat04JAlba_Tat06   Jessica also has a quirky little bow on her lower back, frequently visible when she’s bending over to attend to one of her girls.

JAlba_Tat01    Her final tattoo is on the back of her neck.  It is a ladybug design within a daisy.  She got that as part of a family bonding experience with her mother and aunt.  They each got a ladybug in a different place on their body.

JAlba_Tat05You can get more details on Jessica at this fan site:  http://jessicaalba.hollywood.com/

You can also follow her on Twitter at:  https://twitter.com/jessicaalba

She can be found on Instagram at:  http://instagram.com/jessicaalba

Celebrity Tattoo of the Day (Bad ‘Habits’ Edition): Tove Lo

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While 2014 in the music industry has been dominated by some less than inspiring acts (I’m specifically referring to Iggy Azalea), it has introduced several new performers who show considerable potential because of intriguing lyrics and appealing styles.  One of those new names to make waves this year is Swedish pop star Tove Lo.

ToveLo_Pic02    Born Tove Nilsson, in Stockholm, Sweden, Tove Lo always felt the juices of artistic creativity flowing through her veins.  She grew up writing poetry and short stories, a talent that would serve her well when she turned to music.  For a little while, Tove was a member of a band called Tremblebee.  She eventually went solo to focus on her own singing and song-writing endeavors.

ToveLo_Pic05    Tove’s career took a big step forward when she started working with song-writing kingmaker, Max Martin.  Tove’s narrative talents allowed her to write good songs for many acts.  Among the performers who have benefited from Tove’s storytelling are Icona Pop, Girls Aloud and Lea Michele.

ToveLo_Pic04    Efforts in song-writing notwithstanding, Tove also had desires to get in front of the microphone.  Her debut album, “Truth Serum”, was released in 2012.  It included tracks like “Love Ballad” and “Out of Mind”.

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Tove getting the ‘Royal’ treatment

“Truth Serum” also contained another song that is destined to put Tove on the map.  “Habits (Stay High)” is a catchy, yet painfully emotional, song about the self-destructive behaviors one woman is putting herself through to forget a bad breakup.  The accompanying music video gives a powerful perspective on Tove playing the role of the distraught ex-girlfriend.  Taking part in that video was a draining experience for her.  “Habits” had been simmering in the lower-levels of the Billboard Hot 100 until it started getting heavier airplay.  It now sits at #23 and is rising quickly.

ToveLo_Pic01    Later this fall, “Habits” will be repackaged as a track on Tove’s first major album release, “Queen of the Clouds”.  With her strong song-writing skills and emotional vocals, Tove should be around for awhile.

ToveLo_Pic03    It is not difficult to see how much Tove loves tattoos.  Elaborate illustrations are visible on her left upper arm and right forearm (both are by painter Mark Ryden).  The design on her right forearm is a flaming heart with an eye in the center.

ToveLo_Tat05ToveLo_Tat04   On her left upper arm, she has an intriguing female caricature.  It is her most noticeable tattoo and her favorite.

ToveLo_Tat02ToveLo_Tat01ToveLo_Tat0ToveLo_Tat06ToveLo_Tat07    On the front her right collarbone, Tove has a design of a scorpion.  No doubt, it is inspired by her sign, which is Scorpio (She was born on October 29th).  Interestingly enough, she professes to seriously disliking it (I think it’s well done and fits her public persona).

ToveLo_Tat03You can get more info on Tove at her official website:  http://www.tove-lo.com/

You can follow her on Twitter at:  https://twitter.com/iamtovelo

You can catch her on Instagram at:  http://instagram.com/iamtovelo

 

Celebrity Tattoo of the Day (Band Camp Edition): Alyson Hannigan

AlysonH_Pic01Courtesy of 1999’s sleeper comedy hit, “American Pie”, audiences were introduced to how naughty ‘band geeks’ can be (I had band friends later confirm that this portrayal was accurate).  The poster child for this newly discovered freaky reputation was actress Alyson Hannigan, who portrayed the deceptively nerdy Michelle.  Because of Alyson, you will probably never look at a flute the same way again.

AlysonH_Pic02    Before Alyson showed off the raunchy side of ‘nerd chic’, she had been a fixture in front of the camera for nearly two decades.  Born in Washington, D.C. in 1974, Alyson began appearing in commercials when she was just 4 years old.  Recognizing that she had a lot of potential, her parents moved to Hollywood when she was 11 in order to be closer to the showbiz industry.  Her first major role occurred in 1988 when she starred in “My Stepmother Is an Alien”, where she performed alongside Dan Aykroyd, Kim Basinger and eventual on-screen boyfriend, Seth Green.

AlysonH_Pic07    Following that initial success, Alyson had guest spots on several popular television shows, such as “Picket Fences” and “Roseanne”, while also being the lead in the short-lived series “Free Spirit”.  It was in 1997 that all of Alyson’s fortunes changed.  That year, the WB Network launched the supernatural series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar (and very loosely based on forgettable 1992 film of the same name).

AlysonH_Pic03    Alyson portrayed Willow Rosenberg, a devoted friend and ally of Gellar’s Buffy Summers.  She was initially the girlfriend of Oz (Seth Green) before embarking on one of the pioneering relationships in television.  After Green left the show to focus on his movie career, Willow ended up falling in love with Tara Maclay (Amber Benson), in one of the first regular on-screen lesbian couples in television.  It may not seem like much of a big deal today for TV.  However, when you remember that this was not long after Ellen publicly came out, it was a risky move.  It was also very important because it showed an open, positive LGBT relationship that many could connect with.

AlysonH_Pic06    In the middle of her run on “Buffy”, Alyson scored her signature role as Michelle Flaherty in the “American Pie” series.  While I’m sure the initial film was just viewed as a throwaway summer laugh-fest, with Alyson’s character as one of many interchangeable parts, the film’s surprising success (and Alyson’s endearing performance of Michelle) led to two immediate sequels (and another one about a decade later) and Michelle becoming one of the central characters.

(credit:  Karen Neal/Fox Television)

(credit: Karen Neal/Fox Television)

Lest you think Alyson’s brand of humor had a limited shelf-life, 2005 saw her next major move.  She took the role of Lily on the wildly popular ensemble comedy “How I Met Your Mother”.  This ratings darling scored Alyson two People’s Choice Awards and moved her Q-rating into a status that can only be described as legen-wait for it-dary.  Despite all of this on-screen success, Alyson still found time to get married (to “Buffy” co-star, Alexis Denisof) and have two daughters.

AlysonH_Pic05    One thing Alyson has never been particularly shy about is her affinity for body art.  On her lower back, she has a Kanji symbol for luck & happiness.

AlysonH_Tat03On the inside of her right ankle, Alyson has two dolphins inscribed.  On her left foot, she has a turtle.

AlysonH_Tat04AlysonH_Tat02AlysonH_Tat01You can get some more information about Alyson on this fan site:  http://alyson-hannigan.net/

You can find her on Twitter at:  https://twitter.com/alydenisof

She’s on Instagram at:  http://instagram.com/alydenisof

 

 

 

A Half-Million Views! (August 27th, 2014)

Half_Million    On August 27th, “New 2 Tats” reached a major milestone: a half-million lifetime views of this tattoo blog.  As my regular readers know, this blog has been a labor of love for me.  No money is made from it.  The only currency is the free exchange of ideas.  Even with some road blocks along the way, I have continued to provide my views on body art, a subject that interests so many people.

I look forward to continuing to provide quality ‘inked’ features ,and I hope to see all of you again when I reach 1 Million Page Views!dr-evil-1-million-dollars